Vern Johnson: Abstract Impressionism

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Arlington resident and professional artist Vern Johnson will share his work with the community during the month of January. Mr. Johnson spent 26 years as an “in-house” designer and consultant designer to furniture and product manufacturers in California and Texas. He chose a new career path along with the change of the centuries when he became a fulltime professional artist. “As a full time painter, I am free to pursue my own passions. Free to set my own objectives and solutions without committees.”

“Painting has always been my means of self expression…The most important thing for me about painting is the application of color. There is always a sense of place that sets the context of the painting. I use abstraction including subject matter as a point of reference from which I set the stage with visual elements including color, line, tone, and composition which I use to solicit the viewers attention and participation. My goal is to involve the viewer to compete and personalize the painting within the parameters that I have created.

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The paintings of Vern Johnson have been on exhibit at the Upstairs Gallery, Arlington, Texas; Hue Gallery, Mansfield, Tx; Woodbine Furniture, Fort Worth, Texas; the Fine Arts Gallery, Fallbrook, California and the Oxide Gallery in Denton, Texas. His work has been shown in juried shows such as the “Friends and Neighbors” show, Irving, Texas (2004), “Fallbrook Fine Arts Show” (2002, 2003, 2004), Arlington Visual Arts Association, (2001, 2002), a four man show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center-Selections from the 2004 Biennial, the Fort Worth, Texas Jazz Festival and the Southlake Art Festival in 2003 and 2004.

He has a master’s degree in design and taught for many years at schools such as  Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. He currently teaches drawing and painting at the Upstairs Gallery  and acrylic painting for the Continuing Education department of UTA and the city of Mansfield, Texas.

Join the Public Arts Board for a reception showcasing Vern Johnson’s art on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm at  Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller Texas 76248.

For more information regarding upcoming shows or the Public Arts Program call 817-743-4000 or email

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